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Blogger Navalny rejects out-of-court settlement of defamation suit brought against him by businessman Stepanov

posted 20 Sept 2011, 04:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Sept 2011, 04:32 ]

16 September 2011 

Blogger Aleksey Navalny in court at a hearing of the lawsuit 
brought against him by Vladlen Stepanov. 
© Photo Georgi Alburov (@alburov). 

At the time of writing the court hearing continues on the substance of the case brought by the businessman Vladlen Stepanov against the blogger Aleksei Navalny 

The hearing began with the two parties refusing to settle out of court. In addition to 1,000,100 roubles in compensation for moral damage, Vladlen Stepanov is demanding the blocking of Aleksey Navalny's LiveJournal page featuring a videofile, which includes statements the claimant has found objectionable, one of Navalny's defence lawyers, Ramil Akhmetgaliev, a legal analyst with AGORA Human Rights Association reports from the courtroom. [Read more]